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Tina Tamman

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I was 26 when I came to the UK from what was then Soviet Estonia, not knowing much about Britain at all. Everything was new and interesting for quite a long time. For five years I worked in the wine trade and was awarded a certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, but then realised I was not really a salesperson. Working for the BBC by contrast was very rewarding. It was at Monitoring in Caversham Park that I listened to radio news in Estonian and Russian and translated selectively, later also edited the news.
In 2011 I was awarded a PhD from the University of Glasgow for my research into Estonian-British diplomacy. My thesis, the biography of an Estonian diplomat, was later published as "The Last Ambassador: August Torma,
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delights of reading Soviet fiction

I recently bought a copy of the book that I loved in my teens - two short novels by Aleksandr Belyayev. You've probably never even heard of him, and that's a pity. But all is not lost. Both The Amphibian and The Ruler of the World are now available in English (the latter by CreateSpace, which is a self-publishing platform). I, however, read them in Estonian which is my mother tongue.
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